'Small Town News KPVM Pahrump': Release date, spoilers and all about HBO docu
'Small Town News KPVM Pahrump' shows how a private TV station tries to maintain its neutrality in a hot political climate
A privately-owned TV station in the middle of a desert may seem like an unlikely candidate as an example of how news can be less polarising, but the upcoming HBO documentary 'Small Town News KPVM Pahrump' pulls back the curtain on life at the private TV station KPVM in the small desert town of Pahrump, Nevada, which in an era of divisive politics admirably strives to show respect and camaraderie for those with different political leanings.
The series celebrates the can-do spirit, community pride and political diversity among the station’s charismatic and often humorous employees. If 'Small Town News KPVM Pahrump' sounds of interest, then perhaps other HBO documentaries which focus on politics such as 'The Swamp', 'Agents of Chaos' and 'The Perfect Weapon'will be of interest to you.
'Small Town News KPVM Pahrump' premieres on HBO and HBO Max on August 2.
Air time and how to watch
'Small Town News KPVM Pahrump' premieres on HBO on August 2 at 9pm on August 4.
According to an official synopsis: "Small Town News KPVM Pahrump provides an entertaining glimpse into a scrappy, hard-working local news broadcaster looking to expand into a bigger market during challenging times. With warmth and admiration, the series celebrates the can-do spirit, community pride, and political diversity among the station’s charismatic and often humorous employees. In the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, KPVM must navigate the hot political climate and its own internal political leanings while striving to remain neutral and boost viewership. But in an era of divisive politics, the series reveals a greater respect and camaraderie for those with different opinions than is typically portrayed in the national media. Pahrump and KPVM showcase people across the political spectrum where a sense of community, civility, friendship, and laughter prevails."
Vernon Van Winkle
KPVM is owned and operated by Vernon Van Winkle and his wife Ronda. With ambitious goals to expand into the Las Vegas market, Vern and his small team take on daunting challenges, including building a new tower to provide a stronger broadcast signal, developing new ideas to generate advertising revenue, and broadening their stories beyond local interests. Vern's LinkedIn bio reads that he has been President/CEO of KPVM for almost 24 years.
Ronda Van Winkle
Ronda Van Winkle has worked with KPVM since 1998 and is also a singer and songwriter. According to her LinkedIn bio, her designation is Vice President Ace Country Radio and KPVM-TV. On LinkedIn, she describes her work as follows, "Being an owner of the TV Station and Managing partner for the radio station, I find myself very busy! We provide local news M-F, modern programming, and modern country music to a large demographic. We have a very talented and dedicated staff. We are also involved with many non profit organizations."
The trailer of 'Small Town News KPVM Pahrump' shows that the members of this news team are just as entertaining and charismatic off-screen as they are on screen as they grapple with technical issues and spiders the size of a fist in the middle of the Nevada desert.
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